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July 27, 2000

Numerous Brands of Bottled Spring Water May be Contaminated

Warning issued for western Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, PA (SafetyAlerts) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged Western Pennsylvania residents not to drink bottled water from gallon containers labeled Foodland Spring Water, lot numbers 1155 and 1141, expiration June 28, 2002, bottled by Global Beverage Systems Inc. of Latrobe, Westmoreland County.

Coliform, a bacteria that can cause flu-like symptoms, was found in three containers.  DEP also has asked Foodland to remove all gallon bottles of Foodland Spring Water, bottled by Global Beverage Systems, from store shelves today.

Global Beverage Systems bottled the water without a permit on a line not approved for bottling water, DEP Southwest Regional Director Chuck Duritsa said. We are investigating how coliform got into the bottles and why the company was operating without a permit. We have ordered Global Beverage to immediately cease bottling or supplying any drinking water.

In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms they feel are related to drinking this particular brand of bottled water should call the Allegheny County Health Department at (412) 687-ACHD or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Three one-gallon bottles sampled by the Allegheny County Health Department showed extremely high levels of coliform. The samples were taken after an Allegheny County man reported to the Health Department that he became sick after drinking the water.

Samples taken by the water supplier, Roaring Spring of Blair County, have shown no coliform levels in the water placed in the bulk trucks. Roaring Spring supplies the water that was hauled by tanker truck to Global Beverage Systems.

No one else has reported illnesses related to drinking the water. Global Beverage had been issued a permit by DEP to construct a water-bottling facility, but not a permit to begin operations.

For more information visit the Pennsylvania website at

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers July 27, 2000.

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